Events & Training

  • Signature events to empower and engage the entire industry

Opportunities to Connect and Learn

OFN delivers signature events that bring together the brightest practitioners, funders, vendors, and more to empower and engage the entire industry. We are committed to not only supporting CDFIs with diverse lending programs and asset-sizes, but providing mission-driven lenders and practitioners with opportunities to gain insights, learn best practices, and network and engage in peer learning.

Sponsorships and exhibition opportunities are available. Contact Amanda Joseph, Vice President, Strategic Consulting, for more information.

Explore Upcoming Events

OFN Conference: Expect the highest quality, practitioner-driven curriculum available in the industry. Connect with more than 1,200 CDFIs, funders, investors, and policymakers.

Small Business Finance Forum: CDFIs and other mission-driven lenders connect annually for this day and a half event, that provides best practices, targeted sessions, and peer learning opportunities centered around small business lending.

Advocacy Day: An annual opportunity for members of Congress and their staff to hear directly from our network about the impact CDFIs create by increasing access to capital in rural, urban, and Native communities across the nation.

Executive Training for CDFI Board Members: CDFI Board members face unprecedented challenges in a rapidly changing environment. Good governance requires high-performing board leadership. Join us to sharpen your leadership skills and learn best practices for board excellence.

Regional Meetings: During these daylong events, OFN Members and Allies, non-Member CDFIs, banks, foundations, and others participate in peer exchange and training designed around their specific region of the U.S.

Fundamentals in the Opportunity Finance Industry: Designed for practitioners looking to expand their knowledge in the basics of the opportunity finance industry, these three-day sessions are ideal for new entrants into the field.

Board Elections: OFN seeks a Board with ethnic, racial, and gender diversity that reflects our Members' range of financing types and geographic reach. Board elections take place during the annual meeting at the OFN Conference.

Events & Training

OFN holds multiple trainings, workshops, and webinars throughout the year designed to build the capacity of opportunity finance practitioners. We partner with industry experts to develop and deliver this intensive and valuable training centered on the most important issues in the industry.

Calendar of Events

OCTOBER 2017

Tuesday, October 17
USDA Community Facilities Relending Program: A CDFI Case Study

Presenters from Coastal Enterprises, Inc., USDA Rural Development and the Central Lincoln County (CLC) YMCA will discuss how the Relending Program helped to provide a critical piece of financing for the renovation of the CLC YMCA in Damariscotta, ME, a major community center that provides a diverse range of activities, resources and programs for children and families in its service area. Presenters will focus on the timing and process for deploying these funds to the end borrower and helpful suggestions for other CDFIs considering this program.

Register Now

NOVEMBER 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Western Regional Meeting

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Learn More | Register Now


Thursday, November 9, 2017
New Staff Orientation

Webinar Series

Across the industry, we have many new staff members. To support their on-boarding, OFN offers a 3-part webinar series to orient new staff to the CDFI industry and to the resources available to help them and their CDFI.

Learn More | Register Now


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Executive Training for CDFI Board Members

Houston, TX

Incoming and incumbent CDFI board members will benefit from this focused orientation to the CDFI industry, business model, and governance best practices.

Learn More | Register Now


Thursday, November 30, 2017
New Staff Orientation

Webinar Series

Across the industry, we have many new staff members. To support their on-boarding, OFN offers a 3-part webinar series to orient new staff to the CDFI industry and to the resources available to help them and their CDFI.

Learn More | Register Now

DECEMBER 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Northeast Regional Meeting

New York, NY


December 7-8, 2017
Business Plan for Growth Training

OFN Office, Washington, D.C.

Building on our experience with small business lenders, this 2-day workshop helps senior managers rethink their business model and create actionable plans for growth.

Learn More | Register Now


Thursday, December 14, 2017
New Staff Orientation

Webinar Series

Across the industry, we have many new staff members. To support their on-boarding, OFN offers a 3-part webinar series to orient new staff to the CDFI industry and to the resources available to help them and their CDFI.

Learn More | Register Now

JANUARY 2018

January 17-19, 2018
Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry

Center for Community Self-Help
Durham, North Carolina

The Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry course is designed for practitioners who are interested in expanding their knowledge of the basics of the opportunity finance industry which provides financing and financial services to low-income, low-wealth, and other disinvested communities.

Learn More | Register Now

Capacity Building & Training Opportunities

OFN offers training opportunities to build capacity of CDFIs.  Here are upcoming events that we encourage you to review, share with your colleagues, register, and let us know what other topics you would like OFN to offer.

  • Frontiers in Consumer Finance Webinar: The frontiers of consumer financial innovation are vast—full of possibility and critical for a more inclusive and high-quality marketplace. Join us on Tuesday, October 10, 2:00-3:00ET for a conversation with two national leaders in consumer finance from the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and Filene Research Institute.
     
  • Executive Training for CDFI Board Members $: Incoming and incumbent CDFI board members will benefit from this focused orientation to the CDFI industry, business model, and governance best practices.  Our next Board workshop is in Houston on November 15 and we plan to offer several others in 2018 in locations around the country.
     
  • Business Plan for Growth Training $: Building on our experience with small business lenders, this 2-day workshop helps senior managers rethink their business model and create actionable plans for growth.  Join us in Washington, DC on December 7-8 for this practical and robust workshop.
     
  • New Staff Orientation $: Across the industry, we have many new staff members.  To support their on-boarding, OFN offers a 3-part webinar series to orient new staff to the CDFI industry and to the resources available to help them and their CDFI. The first series starts November 9, and will be repeated in early 2018.
     
  • CDFI Fundamentals $: Now in its third year, this 3-day workshop provides an in-depth curriculum to build an knowledge of the CDFI industry which is perfect for CDFI investors, partners, and career changers.
     
  • Career Coaching for CDFI Women: Finally, for all the CDFI women out there….25 women will be selected to participate in a pilot innovative Career Coaching program, blending a robust technology platform with personalized coaching. 

 

$ These events have a fee associated with them

 

Printer Friendly and PDF